Executive Director Testifies Before Congress
NSTA Journals Receive Top Honors
Biodegradation Subject of New NSTA Press®
Decay and Renewal Book Set
While It's Not Quite "Having Your Name in Lights,"
It Could Be "Seeing Your Face on the Cover"
Study Shows Fewer High School Graduates Plan to Study
NSTA Executive Director Testifies Before Congress
On May 14, NSTA
Executive Director Gerald Wheeler asked a U.S. House of Representatives
appropriations subcommittee to increase its support for science
and math education by funding the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Title
II, Part B, Math and Science Partnerships at $200 million in fiscal
year (FY) 2004. The program received $100 million in FY 2003.
The $100 million
funding appropriated by this committee for FY 2003 allowed the partnerships
to revert to a state-based competitive grant program, which means
that state departments of education will soon be awarding grants
to programs specifically targeted to science or math education (FY
2003 funds will be available this July). In his testimony, Wheeler
said he believes much of the grant money will go toward content
professional development for K–12 science and math teachers, an
area that has fallen victim to budget cuts in many states.
appreciation for the FY 2003 funding, and he stressed the need for
additional money to "allow the number of [Math and Science] partnerships
to grow and provide programs to a greater number of schools, thereby
increasing the scale and scope of science and math reforms that
would help to increase teacher quality and lead to better student
invited to testify by Representative Ralph Regula (R-OH), chair
of the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Labor, Health and Human
Services, Education, and Related Agencies. A full transcript of
the four-page testimony is available at www.nsta.org/main/pdfs/Wheeler20030514.pdf.
For more information on the NCLB Math and Science Partnerships (and
a chart explaining the funding available to your state), e-mail
Journals Receive Top Honors
NSTA is proud
to announce that three of its teacher journals—Science
and Children, The Science Teacher, and the Journal of College
Science Teaching—received EXCEL awards from the Society
of National Association Publications. The EXCEL awards recognize
and reward the exemplary work of association publishers. The program
judged more than 900 magazines, newsletters, scholarly journals,
electronic publications, and websites in the areas of editorial,
design, and general excellence this year. To read more about the
awards, go to http://www.nsta.org/pressroom&news_story_ID=48294.
Is Subject of New NSTA Press® Decay and Renewal Book
substances break down or not, they affect our environment. By investigating
the processes in wastewater treatment, composting, landfilling,
and bioremediation of contaminated sites, Decay and Renewal,
the newest book in the Cornell Environmental Inquiry Series
from NSTA Press, teaches important science concepts within the context
of environmental issues. Using inquiry-based methods, the book comes
in two volumes for grades 9–12: the Teacher Edition, which
features sample assessment tasks, rubrics for student research,
poster presentations, written reports, and the complete Student
Edition; and the Student Edition, for separate quantity purchase.
To preview these important new books online and to order them, go
It's Not Quite "Having Your Name in Lights," It Could Be "Seeing
Your Face on the Cover"
By now, NSTA
members (as well as many others of you within the science education
community) recognize the NSTA Recommends® Catalog
by the ever-changing faces on its covers. And now the time has come
to build a portfolio of new "faces from the classroom." Think you
"look like a science teacher"? Or maybe you've heard "but you don't
look like a science teacher." And what, exactly, does a science
teacher look like?
NSTA is seeking
photos of science educators for possible future inclusion in our
publications and marketing materials, such as our catalog, and we'd
very much like to see you! To be included in our photo files, just
send us a clear photoprint—studio portrait or good, clear
35mm shot—of yourself (low-tech, maybe, but still best for
ease of reproduction), along with our "Talent Release Form," downloaded,
filled out, and signed: Click on http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2003_05_19_extra.htm.
Send to NSTA, Attn.: Marketing Dept., 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington,
VA 22201. If we choose to use your photo in the months to come,
we won't identify you by name, only by your city and state and (optionally)
grade or subject taught.
Shows Fewer High School Graduates Plan to Study Engineering
A new study
by the ACT shows a drop in the number of high school graduates who
plan to study engineering in college, as well as lower levels of
preparation and achievement among potential engineering students.
Fewer than 6 percent of the 1.1 million seniors in the class of
2002 who took the ACT Assessment® college entrance and
placement exam planned to study engineering in college, down from
a high of nearly 9 percent in 1992. The study also reports that
over the past 12 years the percentage of these students who have
taken a college preparatory program in high school has decreased.
The number of females and racial and ethnic minorities interested
in the engineering field has also declined. The full report, titled
Maintaining a Strong Engineering Workforce, can be found
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